The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program has been a part of McDaniel College since 1919 and is one of the oldest programs in the nation. Through this program, both men and women are commissioned as Army officers with the rank of Second Lieutenant upon graduation. Students can be guaranteed service as an officer with the Army Reserve, Army National Guard or serve fulltime with the Active Army. No major is offered in this field, however, Military Science can be an integral part of a student-designed major or minor and/or an elective for any major. The courses are designed to develop the leadership ability of each student.
Winslow Hall, upper level
LTC Eric S. Atherton
Majors & Courses
No major is offered in this discipline.
Freshman and sophomore students can enroll in the Military Science program without obligation. Junior and senior courses are designed for Cadets selected by the Professor of Military Science to advance forward to commissioning and meet for three hours each week. Cadets attend a one-hour leadership laboratory providing action and experiential learning in military and leadership skills such as rappelling, rifle marksmanship, first aid, patrolling, radio communications, and water survival.
The ROTC program offers two, three, and four year full-tuition scholarships and/or a monthly stipend with book allowance for qualifying cadets. To learn more about qualifying, go to www.armyrotc.com/edu/mcdanielcollege/index.htm.
McDaniel College generously supplements the Army’s scholarship benefits for all students who are Army ROTC scholarship winners. These additional benefits consist of room and board costs.
Following commissioning, new Army officers serve in a variety of fields, including aviation, medical services, personnel, finance, intelligence, communications, infantry, artillery, armor, law enforcement and engineering.
Why should a student study Military Science at McDaniel?
Military Science can be an integral part of a student-designed major or minor and/or an elective for any major. Officers serve in a variety of fields, including aviation, military intelligence, medical, personnel, armor, finance, artillery, communications, infantry, law enforcement, and engineering.
Optional activities are available for Army Cadets. These include parachuting, helicopter rappelling, mountaineering, and temporary assignments in active army units throughout Korea, Europe, and the United States. Cadets attend Cadet Leadership Course and Cadet Initial Entry Training. These are 4-week summer camps designed to hone military and leadership skills.
Ranger Challenge is a competitive cadet-run organization that specializes in adventure training such as rappelling, patrolling, mountain operations, and river operations. Once each year they compete against 30 other schools in a two-day competition of physical and military events.
Cadet Tyler Ambrose, MSIII
Major: Political Science
Preferred Army Branch: Infantry or Military Intelligence
"I joined ROTC because I want to serve others through military service and keep a promise to my grandfather. The summer before my MSIII year, I attended Airborne school at Fort Benning, GA. I look forward to my career in the United States Army and I will strive to live out my life in a professional military manner."
Cadet Kyle Shaffer, MSIII
Preferred Army Branch: Infantry or Armor
"After watching the terrible events of 9/11, I knew I wanted to protect my country. Joining Army ROTC is great preparation for serving in the armed forces. I have attended the Army ROTC Cultural and Understanding Language Proficiency course in the African country of, Gabon. There, I was able to work and train with French Infantry forces and taught English to the Gabonese Republican Guard."
Cadet Catherine Lynch, MSII
Preferred Army Branch: Military Intelligence or Quartermaster
"I joined ROTC because I want to serve my country in the same way that my parents and my grandmother have. I also want to be part of something much bigger than myself. After completion of my MSI year, I completed Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET). I had the opportunity to push myself both physically and mentally through the high ropes course and shooting at the range. I also connected with cadets from different backgrounds while establishing great friendships. Next summer, I hope to attend the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) course."
Lieutenant Colonel and Department Chair Eric S. Atherton
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Eric Atherton is a native of Bethesda, MD. He was commissioned and graduated from the University of Richmond, VA in 1994, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. LTC Atherton completed the Air Defense Officer Basic Course at Fort Bliss Texas and then served as an Avenger and Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle (BSFV) platoon leader, BSFV/Stinger battery executive officer, and battalion assistant operations officer in 4-5 Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX from 1995-1998. He was an honor graduate from the Air Defense Officer Advanced Course in 1998 and was assigned to 4-3 ADA Battalion, 1st Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Germany, where he served as an assistant operations officer and Avenger battery commander. In 2002, LTC Atherton assumed command of B/3-13 Infantry (Basic Combat Training) at Fort Jackson, SC, then served as the Aide-de-camp to the Commanding General of Fort Jackson, and later became the primary instructor and training developer of the Company Commander and First Sergeant Course at the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Initial Entry Training Pre-Command Course.
In 2005, he was assigned to 3d Infantry Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY and deployed with them to Regional Command-East, Afghanistan from March 2006 to June 2007, serving as the BCT’s Air Defense and Airspace Management Cell Chief, Chief of Plans, and Knowledge Management Officer. Upon his graduation from the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS in 2008, LTC Atherton served in the Pentagon as Chief of Training Branch, Adaptive Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Solutions (ACES) Division in the Operations Directorate of the Department of the Army G3/5/7, where he was responsible for identifying and resourcing C-IED training solutions for deploying units.
In 2011, LTC Atherton was assigned as a Stability and Transition Team Chief with 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT), 1st Cavalry Division, and deployed to Southern Iraq from July-December 2011 as a combat advisor to an Iraqi Army Brigade and Air Force Wing, and then to Arifjan, Kuwait from January-May 2012, serving as the HBCT LNO to US Army Central Command. Upon his re-deployment, LTC Atherton joined his Family at Fort Sill, OK and was assigned as the Deputy Commander of 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade from June 2012-June 2013. LTC Atherton assumed duties as the ROTC Professor of Military Science (PMS) at McDaniel College in August 2013. LTC Atherton earned his Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2005 and is also a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, Joint Firepower, Space Operations, Instructor Training, and Military Assistance Security Advisor courses. He is married to LTC Betsy Atherton and they have a 12-year old daughter, Julia. His hobbies include playing and watching a variety of sports, travelling, and reading.
Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) and Senior Military Science Instructor Mr. Robert Familetti
(B.S., Lafayette College), Armor and Logistics officer in 2011. His assignments included tours in Germany, Korea, Afghanistan, and various stateside posts. His military education includes: Command and General Staff College, Combat Developers Course, Support Operations Officer Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Battalion Motor Officer Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course; Ordnance Officer Branch Qualification Course, Airborne School, and the Armor Officer Basic Course.
Major and Military Science Instructor Frank Tortella Jr.
MAJ Frank Tortella Jr was raised in Columbia, MD. He graduated and was commissioned from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management. MAJ Tortella also earned a Master of Arts in Political Science with an International Relations focus in 2010 from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. He is also a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, KY and the Finance Captains Career Course at Fort Jackson, SC.
MAJ Tortella served with the 1st Battalion 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS from 2002 to 2005. During that time, he served as a tank platoon leader, a support platoon leader and as a company executive officer. MAJ Tortella deployed with the 1st Brigade to Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2003 to September 2004 conducting combat operations between Ramadi and Fallujah, Iraq. From 2005 to 2009, MAJ Tortella was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. With the 101st Airborne, MAJ Tortella served as the Division’s Budget Officer, Deputy Division Comptroller, and as Detachment Commander for Alpha Detachment, 101st Financial Management Support Unit. In 2006 MAJ Tortella deployed to Iraq with the 101st to Tikrit, Iraq as the Division’s Budget Officer. After completing graduate school, MAJ Tortella was assigned as a Stability and Transition Team Executive Officer with 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT), 1st Cavalry Division. From January to December 2011, he served as a combat advisor to the Iraqi Border Patrol along the Iraq/Iran border near Basra, Iraq. From 2012 to 2014, MAJ Tortella returned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS and served as the Division’s Deputy G8. In July 2014, MAJ Tortella was assigned as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at McDaniel College Army ROTC.
MAJ Tortella’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (2 stars), and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals. MAJ Tortella has also earned the Combat Action Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Major and Military Science Instructor: John V. Reilly
MAJ John Reilly was born and raised in Lansdale and Commissioned a Military Police 2nd Lieutenant in 2004.
His prior assignments include: MPOBC, Fort Leonard Wood, MO (2005 – 2006), Platoon Leader, 546th MP Co, Fort Stewart, GA (2006 – 2007), Executive Officer, 546th MP Co, Fort Stewart, GA (2007 – 2008), Assistant S3, 385th MP BN, Fort Stewart, GA (2008 – 2009), Fort Leonard Wood, MO (2009-2010), Anti-Terrorism Officer, 3rd Army ARCENT, Kuwait (2010-2011), MPCCC and Plans and Future Operations Officer, 1st Maneuver Enhance Brigade, Fort Polk (2011-2012), Company Commander, 272nd Military Police CO (2012-2014) and Assistant ROTC Professor McDaniel College (2015-2016).
MAJ Reilly's military education includes Military Police Officer Basic Course, Fort Leonard Wood, MO (2005), Ranger School, Fort Benning, GA (2008), Combatives Level 1, Fort Stewart, GA (2009), Military Police Captain Career Course, Fort Leonard Wood, MO (2009) and Anti-Terrorism Officer Basic Course (2011).
MAJ Reilly has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VII – VIII (2006-2008), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2010) and Operation New Dawn (2010-2011).
MAJ Reilly's awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
Master Sergeant and Senior Military Instructor Mr. Nicholas Martinelli
Master Sergeant (MSG) Nicholas Martinelli is a native of Hartford, CT. He enlisted in the Army in November of 1999 and attended Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Sill, OK. Upon completion of BCT MSG Martinelli completed his Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Bliss Texas where he earned the MOS of 14S. His first duty assignment was C Battery, 4-3 ADA, 1st INF Div, Fort Riley, KS where he served as an MANPADS Crewmember from 2000-2001. In 2001, MSG Martinelli was reassigned to HHB 1-43 ADA, Suwon Airbase, South Korea, where he served as a MANPADS Section Sergeant from 2001-2003, and he then was reassigned to A Battery, 2-6 ADA, Fort Bliss, TX where he served as a Team Leader. In 2005, MSG Martinelli was reassigned to A Battery 5-5 ADA, Camp Casey, South Korea where he served as an Avenger Section Sergeant. He moved with the Battalion from South Korea to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), WA in 2006.
While stationed at JBLM, MSG Martinelli was deployed to Iraq where his unit was assigned the Counter Rocket, Mortar, and Artillery (C-RAM) mission. He served as a Land-based Phalanx Weapon System (LPWS) Section Sergeant for the duration of his deployment to the CENTCOM Area of Responsibilities (AOR). Upon his redeployment MSG Martinelli was reassigned to the Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Fort Sill, OK, where he served as the Senior Small Group Instructor for the Advanced Leader Course from 2009-2011.
In 2011, MSG Martinelli was assigned to E Battery, 4-5 AMD, where he served as the Battery First Sergeant and a Platoon Sergeant from 2011-2013. In 2014 MSG Martinelli was reassigned to C Battery 5-5 ADA, JBLM, WA where he served as an LPWS Platoon Sergeant from 2013-2014. His unit was deployed to Camp Dalhke, Afghanistan where they performed a C-RAM mission. He returned back to JBLM in March of 2015 where he was reassigned as the unit First Sergeant for B Battery, 5-5 ADA. In October of 2016, six months after just returning from Afghanistan, MSG Martinelli and his unit were deployed to two locations in Iraq, where they performed C-RAM missions at each location. His unit was selected as the Knox Award winner which is given to the top ADA unit in the Army for their performance throughout 2015.
MSG Martinelli assumed his role as the Senior Military Instructor at McDaniel College (ROTC) in July 2016. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and Human Resource Management. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia College in 2014 and is also a graduate of the Senior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, and other various military education. He is married to the former Theresa Exner of Fort Worth, TX and they have a 12-year old son, Andrew and a 9-year old daughter, Alyssa. His hobbies include reading, watching sports, especially hockey and spending time with his family.
Sergeant First Class and Military Science Instructor: Nicholas Beatty
Nicholas Beatty enlisted in the Army in 2001. He completed Basic Training, AIT, and Airborne school at Fort Benning, GA. Upon completion, he was stationed to F Company, 51st Infantry at Fort Bragg, NC. While stationed at Fort Bragg, he deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2005. In 2006, he was stationed at Fort Benning as a Ranger Instructor for four years.
In 2010, he was stationed at Fort Campbell, KY. While there, he served as a Platoon Sergeant in the 101st and deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. In 2014, SFC Beatty came to McDaniel College to be an Army ROTC military science instructor.
SFC Beatty’s military education includes Basic Airborne Course, Ranger School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder, Jumpmaster, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Senior Leader Course, and Combatives 1, 2, & 3.
Other optional activities are available for Army Cadets. These include helicopter rappelling, mountaineering, parachuting, winter survival training in Alaska, and temporary assignments in active army units throughout Korea, Europe, and the United States. Cadets can attend the Leadership Training Course and National Advanced Leadership Camps. These are 4-week summer camps designed to hone military and leadership skills.
The Ranger Platoon is a cadet-run organization open to all cadets that specializes in adventure training such as rappelling, patrolling, mountain operations, and river operations. Once each year they compete against 30 other schools in a two-day competition of physical and military events.
ROTC Enrollment Packet
The five documents listed below must be completed if the student wants to partake in the extra curricula activities associated with ROTC, such as: Physical fitness training, leadership labs, and Field Training Exercise (FTX) which include rifle ranges, land navigation training, obstacle courses, and leader reaction courses.
1. Proof of Citizenship - Students must provide official documentation demonstrating that they are a citizen of the United States. This can be completed by producing either a U.S. Birth Certificate or unexpired U.S. Passport.
2. CC 139-R (.xls) - This is a cadet enrollment record form. The form has 6 tabs/pages in the bottom left corner; however, only the first 2 tabs need to be completed for contracting purposes. The following is a list of items that may help you when filling out the form:
- Block # 9: DOB - Date of Birth
- Block # 10: POB – Place of Birth
- Block # 24: Next of Kin- who would we contact in an emergency
- Block # 25a / 26a: FICE code – do not fill this in
- Tab /page #2: Initial one box in each section (blocks #42-46) on the second tab.
- You must sign tab/page #2 where is states "All information given on this form is correct to the best of my knowledge."
3. CC 137 (.xls) - Authorization for access to student records.
- Fill out part 1 if you would want to authorize an ROTC instructor to speak with your parents about your performance, to include grades, should they contact us.
- Fill out part 2 if you do not want us to discuss your performance with your parents/legal guardian.
4. CC 136 (.pdf) - Government Sponsored Benefits for ROTC Cadets. Sign and date the bottom of the form. This indicates that you have read and understand the information on the form.
5. DA 3425-R (.pdf) - Medical fitness statement. Go to your physician and have that physician fill out this form saying you have no medical conditions or physical impairments that may hinder your participation in ROTC.